Vintage Ads Reveal Fashions And Trends In Type And Commercial Lettering
For graphic designers and typographers vintage ads are more than just eye candy. Posters and advertisements from specific time periods tell us quite a lot about fashions and trends in type. This can be extremely useful when doing genre or period work. Just like NewspaperArchive.com teaches us that using squooshed Arial for headlines of newspapers dating from 1973 is not the brightest of ideas, Vintage Ad Browser helps us produce historically correct designs.
Vintage Ad Browser – the sister site of Cover Browser – was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen, a native German currently living in China. The site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, visitors’ submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment it contains more than 120,000 ads categorised in a variety of classifications. Within those categories the ads are listed chronologically per decade for easy period-specific browsing. A great resource.
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